Parish League 2019

2019 JPA Inter Parish Petanque League report – Week18

2019 JPA Inter Parish Petanque League report – Week 18
Some interesting results this week, but top news is that Trinity secured their first win of the season. Having come close several times, they made full use of their home advantage in week 18 and started out by winning all three opening doubles to pile on the pressure to Grouville’s players. Alan Dunford and Norman Tingley were pushed hardest by Yvonne Mahoney and Jo Forrest who lost to ten.
Dave Grover won the single for Grouville and Joan James and Louise Cummins had a good lead of 8-2 in their double to keep the visitors hopes alive, but Lawrence de Gruchy and Kay le Feuvre pulled it back to ten all before going on to win and Trinity also won the triple to complete a fine 5-1 win.
St Lawrence suffered a heavy 5-1 defeat at St John, which dropped them one place to third.  Ken Jones and Ken le Brun got the one win for St Lawrence and Tony Morton came close to a second win in the single but was beaten  13-11 by Alain Aoutin. The St John players were in total command in the remaining games.
In Millennium Park, St Helier were two games to one up mid-way against St Ouen and they went on to win the remaining three games as well, thus moving up into second place.
Leaders St Saviour were on home soil and very nearly won all three first round doubles against St Clement, but Rob Birch and Jean Meldrum lost out by one point to Joan and Dennis le Mercier. With a score card showing three 13-12 games and one 13-11 you can guess it was a very competitive close contest.
The match was held in the balance by the triples, with St Brelade needing the win to draw the match.
St Saviour were 12-9 up and holding one in the final end: St Brelade’s next boule moved the cochonnet to leave them holding two and then they placed their final two boules in to take the win and get a very honourable draw.
With St Saviour away to St Lawrence next and with St Helier ‘up north’ against  Trinity, week 19’s results could prove very significant in the race to be 2019 champions!
With strong westerlies, and the sea  flooding part of the common, St Peter went to Le Hocq to brave the elements. Vic Le Riche and Linda Taylor settled quickly and soon had St Peter one up, winning 13-0. St Peter made it 2-0 with Lester Rolland and Sandra Le Riche, after being well down, making a fine comeback to take the game 13-11. St Clement then took the third game with Albert Brown and Rosemary Benest winning to 9. St Peter increased their lead to 3-1 with their triples team of Lester Rolland, Linda Taylor and Francis Le Gresley winning to 3. Adding to the St Clement woes, Vic Le Riche then won the singles 13-9. With St Peter already victors the visitors awaited the final doubles game to finish. However , this was not to be in their favour as the St Clement duo John Doublet and  Norman Syvret won their game to 8.
At St Mary the outcome was a 4-2 win for the home team against St Martin. Like the Trinity match, the players got thoroughly soaked in the heavy rain; shows what a hardy bunch we petanque players are!
Elaine Paisnel - JPA